• Brandon Colvin

Fayetteville State University receives historic funding, decreases tuition to $500 per semester

Fayetteville State University, one of North Carolina's eleven Historically Black Colleges, is set to reduce tuition costs to only $500 a semester, after receiving a multi-million dollar allocation in the state's budget.

Last month, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed the state's $25.9 billion budget as it was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. Included in that budget is a hefty benefit for Fayetteville State University. In fact, it’s the largest state budget allocation the HBCU has received in more than 35 years.

For the 2022 fiscal year, the university will receive almost $152 million in new capital construction projects, repairs and renovation and become the only University added to North Carolina’s Promise Plan. The Plan is the state’s affordable tuition program which will aim to grow FSU’s enrollment and retention by offering more affordable tuition. As a result, FSU students who qualify for in-state tuition will now only pay $500 per semester, a total of $1,000 annually.

The state will allocate $11.5 million in recurring payments to expand FSU’s educational footprint in the Sandhills region and throughout the state. Darrell T. Allison, FSU’s newest chancellor prioritized securing necessary resources for the institution since taking office nine months ago. After the budget was approved last month, Allison spoke about the significance of the budget allocation and shared his excitement about the university's future.

“Today, I am both overjoyed and humbled for FSU. This support that we will be receiving has been a long time coming. For the first time in over 35 years the North Carolina state budget puts Fayetteville State University in a position to make a quantum leap in educating our future leaders. This unprecedented support will assure our success for generations to come,” said Chancellor Allison.

Allison went on to praise the local and federal legislators and FSU alum for their support in increasing the budget allocation.

“Historic moments don’t happen without strong leadership. Our UNC System truly has one in our seventh president in Peter Hans. I want to especially thank our leaders Senate President Phil Berger, Speaker Tim Moore and Governor Cooper. For the sake of compromise and seeking to find common ground, each were willing to selflessly work for the greater good - for the teachers and state employees who will be receiving significant raises and bonuses and our students, I sincerely thank them for their leadership,” Allison added.

Not only will tuition become more affordable under the new budget, but FSU and other state employees will receive a 5% salary increase over the next two years as well as a one-time bonus. The school has also received a $2M allocation from the general assembly to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus through the use of on-campus sterilization units.